5 Simple Tips for Fire Photography
1. Don't use flash - This is common sense, and is the number one rule for fire photography. You are shooting light, so no need to add additional lighting.
2. Experiment with exposure settings - When composing your shots, don't hesitate to experiment with various elements of exposure. Once you got the best setting, stick to it until you are able to capture a fire at its finest point.
3. Use a longer shutter speed - To achieve a blurring effect with fire, it would be best to use a longer shutter speed. This would also enable you to capture light trails caused by sparking fire. The only downfall to this technique is a tremendous camera shake that you would encounter. Hence, use of a tripod is recommended.
4. High ISO, faster shutter speed - Like when shooting water fountains or running water wherein you use the "Shutter Priority'' setting, you can also use the same technique with fire photography. This is especially effective when taking shots of moving people doing fire exhibition. Setting your camera to "Shutter Priority" will freeze the fire flame, giving your shots a more "liquid" and "fluid" look. To make it even better, set your ISO settings to as high 1600.
5. Low ISO, longer shutter Speed - If you don't have a tripod or you would still prefer to take shots of fire with your camera handheld, it would be best to reverse the previous setting. That is, set your camera's ISO settings as low as possible and then set your camera's shutter speed to a longer setting. This will enable you to achieve some motion effects in your fire pictures.